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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mobile AL
1052 PM CDT Fri Mar 19 2021

...NWS Damage Survey For 3/17/21 Long Track Tornado Event...

.OVERVIEW...NWS Survey team started the day at the Wayne/Choctaw 
County line and continued into southern Choctaw and northwest 
Clarke County. It was determined based on a combination of ground
and aerial surveys to be one long track tornado. It should be noted
that a large portion of the tornado track was in very hard to
reach or inaccessible areas. Therefore, additional information will
be analyzed in the coming days and information below will likely
be refined prior to the official publication in Storm Data. 

NWS Mobile would like to thank Wayne County EMA, Choctaw County
EMA, Clarke County EMA, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
for their tremendous help in this survey.


Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind:    125-130 mph
Path Length /statute/:  34.57 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   400 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               2

Start Date:             Mar 17 2021 
Start Time:             344 PM CDT
Start Location:         9.5 mi E Waynesboro, MS
Start Lat/Lon:          31.6842 / -88.4855

End Date:               Mar 17 2021
End Time:               436 PM CDT
End Location:           2.5 mi S Putnam AL
End Lat/Lon:            31.9875 / -88.0241

Survey summary: The tornado started on Sunlight Church Road in Wayne County
MS just west of the Choctaw County line. The tornado moved into extreme 
southwest Choctaw County and produced high end EF-1 intensity damage on
County Road 2 where several chicken houses were heavily damaged and numerous
softwood and hardwood trees were downed or snapped. The tornado appeared to 
lose intensity as it headed northeast toward Silas, but still produced pockets
of EF-1 intensity damage especially in the Silas area, in the general area
of Silas Branch. The tornado continued northeast and produced spotty, mainly
light tree damage north of Highway 84 and toward Womack Hill. However, the
tornado quickly strengthened and widened as it approached the Tombigbee River
and crossed into northwest Clarke County. The tornado produced significant and
extensive damage to large swaths of trees from the Trotter Road area right
along the river, northeast to Campbell's Landing Road and to near the Marengo
County line. Based on aerial footage of the extensive tree damage, the tornado
was given an EF-2 intensity rating. A few river camp houses suffered roof
damage. An older home on Campbell's Landing Rd was heavily damaged and two
people in the home suffered minor injuries. Adjacent modular homes suffered
minor damage. It is possible that the path width of the tornado was greater
than 400 yards, but additional analysis is needed. 

The tornado continued northeast into Marengo County. NWS Birmingham will
provide more information on that segment of the tornado, which will add
to the path length given in this statement. 

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following 

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending
final review of the event and publication in NWS Storm Data.